Information for New Patients
Finding a new dental office can often be a challenge. Fortunately, O'Fallon Family Dental Care in O'Fallon, Illinois can satisfy all your dental needs. The following will provide you with a detailed guide outlining what to expect from your first visit to our dental office.
It can be easy to forget when you scheduled a dental appointment. But now we'll remind you with a "Smile Reminder" via email or text message, and even provide driving directions if it's your initial visit. Just click on the link below to let us know how you'd like to be contacted. We'll do the rest!
You have the option of completing the new patient paperwork prior to your first appointment to ensure an expedient visit. Click the following link to download our new patient forms:
To schedule an appointment, call our dental office at 618-628-1646 so that our staff assists you in finding a day and time that is available and convenient for you.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing and flossing before the appointment will help out hygienist properly examine your teeth with efficiency and ease.
It’s important that our new patients understand that there is nothing pertaining to their oral health that they should hide from our hygienist. Our hygienist is supposed to improve oral health and hiding important information (such as smoking or not brushing teeth regularly) can have an impact on the treatment and services that our hygienist recommends. Therefore, it’s crucial that your complete and accurate medical and dental history is disclosed on your first visit.
If you feel anxious before going to your first appointment, we want to remind you that we are here to help you achieve the smile you want regardless of your current oral state. We are here for you!
At the Dental Office
When you arrive at our dental office, please inform the receptionist so he or she can inform the hygienist. After our hygienist has been informed and all the necessary paperwork has been summited, a member of our staff will call your name and ask you to follow him/her to proceed with the consultation.
Your Health History
Before the dental exam is performed, talk to our hygienist about your health history. This will give our hygienist insight about your oral health and underlying causes of present issues, if any.
X-rays are a way of diagnosing problems that are not easily visible. These include tooth decay, abscesses, impacted teeth and jawbone damage. The details x-rays provide could make all the difference for your overall oral hygiene. Our hygienist may also recommend a panoramic radiograph. The dental imaging technique provides a complete visual of your jaws, which helps in pinpointing any damage that tooth decay may have caused to the bone.
All first-time patients have to undergo a comprehensive exam. This includes a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. The more details you provide, the easier will be for our hygienist evaluate your situation.
Our hygienist may recommend you get a professional teeth cleaning. Dental cleanings are meant to remove and maintain a healthy smile free of stains. During this cleaning session, our hygienist will remove or “scale” accumulated plaque from outside or from in-between the teeth using our dental instruments. After a thorough cleaning has been done, our hygienist will polish the teeth and may apply a minty paste to leave your mouth fresh.
After your treatment is over, our hygienist may recommend products that help prevent future dental issues and ensure that your oral health is always at its best. Some of the products recommended are fluoride toothpastes and mouthwashes that help prevent cavities, sealants or a dental care kit.
This is the best time to ask our hygienist any questions or doubts that may linger in your mind. Our hygienist doesn’t mind demonstrating how to floss properly or the right brushing techniques, so asking for assistance is highly encouraged.
Once the comprehensive exam and x-rays are complete, our hygienist will provide you with solutions to your dental problems. Through a comprehensive treatment plan, we can resolve the problems that are adversely affecting your oral hygiene. Since each treatment plan is developed based on your specific needs, it is imperative that you are clear about your expectations from the start.
After the Visit
Scheduling the Next Visit
After your first visit, approach the receptionist to schedule your next appointment and to make any necessary payments. We will reschedule you based on our hygienist’s recommendation and your availability.
When leaving our office, make sure to follow our hygienist’s advice to keep your teeth clean and maintain optimal oral health long after treatment.
Call us to set up an appointment or feel free to visit us at O'Fallon Family Dental Care in O'Fallon, Illinois for a personal consultation that will help you answer any questions that you may have. Your oral health has a great impact on your overall health. Our hygienist and staff are ready to provide the best dental care services. Your smile will be in good hands.